We will publish news and updates from time to time - to have your say use one of the input forms, or better still join the online Forum*
Going forward the plan is to form a small steering group, with a cross-section of interest and skills, to formulate a plan for the Touring Cyclist Club.
* Most of the Forum is open, public access but there is a Private Area for registered members only where some restricted content is published.
A productive and cordial inaugural meeting of the Touring Cyclist Club took place in Birmingham on Saturday 19 November 2016.
Members from across the country came together to hear about our journey so far and to input ideas and suggestions for the future direction.
We have filled all the available places and have a reserve list - the Ts & Cs for the venue mean that we can't substitute members or admit anyone not on the list - so please don't just turn up!
Minutes of the meeting will be distributed to Touring Cyclist Club paid-up members (only) about 7 days after the meeting
Note: This meeting is an informal, inaugural meeting which had open invitation to club members - it is NOT a statutory meeting in the form of an AGM, SGM, or EGM.
UPDATE : 1430 Tuesday 8 November. The last places have been snapped up this morning*
We have what we think is a good cross-section of interested people with differing skills and interests acorss the world of cycle touring.
The meeting is on Saturday 19 November 2016, starts at 1300 and ends at 1700 - there will be tea/coffee and cake! Location is central Birmingham, walking distance from both New Street and Moor Street/Snow Hill stations.
* we did try and book a larger room but there is no availability at the venue.
This message has been broadcast to all Forum registrants, paid-up TCC members and all those that have expressed an interest
This is a REMINDER
The level of interest and number of paid-up members of the Touring Cyclist Club is significant with many ideas put forward and the Forum starting to gain traction. Promotional leaflets* are now available and a press release sent to both traditional print and digital/online media.
There's still a lot to do so to move forward we are holding an inaugural meeting for Touring Cyclist Club members on the afternoon of Saturday 19 November 2016 in central Birmingham, close to the two main railway stations.
The agenda and accompanying notes will be emailed to attendees on Monday 14 November with details of time and venue.
By the conclusion of the meeting we expect to have the formation of a core organising group of individuals that will each have areas of responsibility to take forward. Initial thoughts are that the roles will cover:
Touring and routes
GPS & mapping
Promotion and club development
Website (public and member only content)
- and the following (officers of the Touring Cyclist Club Limited - Company limited by guarantee No 10179055)
The mission of the Touring Cyclist Club is to focus on the pleasures of cycle touring and steer away from "politics, campaigning and [ UPDATE - see below] the wearing of helmets"
In order to book the appropriate room we need to have numbers of attendees - if you are (or will be) a member and wish to attend the meeting please respond to this message by the end of Monday 7 November 2016.
The meeting will ONLY be open to members of the Touring Cyclist Club - to join the Touring Cyclist Club go to www.touringcyclistclub.org.uk and follow the JOIN link for online membership and payment.
Rob & Dennis
Founders : Touring Cyclist Club
4 November 2016
UPDATE/Correction : there was an unfortunate error in the text of this item - the words "discussion about" were omitted.
*if you would like leaflets to distribute in your local respond to this message with a name & postal address and the quantity of leaflets you would be able to place in cycle shops or with clubs.
This message has been sent to all paid-up Touring Cyclist Club members and all those that expressed an interest in the club but have not yet joined. The same message has also been sent to all registered members of the Touring Cyclist Club Forum and published on the Forum.
[Note: Forum membership (only) does not constitute club membership]
The following Press Release was distributed to both traditional print and digital/online media
Press Release - 2 November 2016
A NEW Touring Cyclist Club is born
Cycle touring is to ride a bicycle for days, weeks, months or even years as you travel through countryside, towns and cities - even countries.
A new club for Cycle Tourists has been launched this autumn. The Touring Cyclist Club is a club specifically for those who want to tour by bicycle - on road or off road, be it for a few hours, a day or even multiple days exploring the countryside, towns and villages. This new club aims to provide members with what many say is now lacking: useful information, specifically for the increasing number of Touring Cyclists and to put them in contact with each other.
Established March 2016, membership was opened on 5 August 2016 and hundreds have already joined. From the Isle of Wight to Aviemore, from Canterbury to Belfast - and even Alaska, Touring Cyclist Club members will never be far away from another local member.
The website is the hub of the community, with members already active on the popular forum pages. The founders, Rob Gullen and Dennis Snape, say they will soon be adding more Cycle Touring information to the main website. Sections like UK Touring Routes, Maps, Places to Stay and Technical Information. Members’ Third Party Liability Insurance is in the immediate pipeline. Some content will be open to public viewing but the real value to members will be in the members’ only area of the website and forum.
The not for profit Touring Cyclist Club is run entirely by unpaid volunteers, purely for the benefit of its Members. In the words of its founders: ‘The Touring Cyclist Club is here to support and encourage members with resources, shared experiences and the inspiration to have fun touring on a bicycle’ The initial membership fee is just £4.
For further details see the website at www.touringcyclistclub.org.uk
Notes for Editors
• Photos are available.
• Touring Cyclist Club Limited. Company limited by guarantee. Registered in England No.10179055
• We are holding an inaugural meeting for Touring Cyclist Club members on Saturday 19 November 2016 in Birmingham.
• The mission of the Touring Cyclist Club is to focus on the pleasures of cycle touring and steer away from politics and campaigning.